Feedback on Feedback

January/February 2007
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2007 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
Click here to read more articles about Homeowner Education
January 01, 2007
Do you know how much energy you consume in your home on a daily basis?  Do you know what your appliances use relative to each other, so that you can choose to use the energy-hogging appliances sparingly?   You might, but for most consumers, the answer to both of these questions is no.  Most residents only receive feedback on their energy use in the form of a monthly bill from their utility provider, making it difficult to identify the biggest sources of energy use in their homes or to take effective action to lower future energy bills.   Too Much Information Since the 1970s, many researchers from various fields have studied how feedback on energy use affects residential consumer understanding and behavior. Studies involving informative billing and periodic written feedback have realized energy savings between 10% and 20%. If residential consumers had more detailed or more frequent information about their consumption, these studies suggest they would both better understand their energy use patterns and be able to change them effectively.  Taken to the extreme, this assumption predicts that the maximum amount of information, delivered continuously, will help residents to maximize their energy savings.   The handful of studies ...

To read complete online articles, you need to sign up for an Online Subscription.

Once an order has been placed there is an automatic $10 processing fee that will be deducted with any cancellation.

The Home Energy Online articles are for personal use only and may not be printed for distribution. For permission to reprint, please send an e-mail to

Earn BPI CEU credits
Home Performance with EnergyStar
SPONSORED CONTENT Home Diagnosis: The First TV Series about Home Energy! Learn more! Watch Video
Email Newsletter

Home Energy E-Newsletter

Sign up for our free monthly

Harness the power of

Get the Home Energy